Japan to Reopen for Tourists Starting October 11

You can now continue your travel goals as Japan starts to ease up its COVID-19 restrictions starting October 11.

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During the United Nations general assembly, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said that the pandemic had interrupted people, goods, and capital to come into the country. “But from 11 October, Japan will relax border control measures to be on par with the US, as well as resume visa-free travel and individual travel,” he added.

In June, Japan allowed tourists accompanied by guides but will now be relaxed to self-guided package tours. The country will also remove the daily cap of arrivals to entertain more tourists and operate in pre-pandemic norms.

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Japan’s Minister of Digital Affairs also celebrated as he tweeted “Finally, Japan will reopen the border. Visa waiver is back, no daily limit and free individual visits.”

There would still be requirements that will stay in place as you travel to Japan including showing proof of vaccination.

Though Filipinos are still required to have a visa when traveling to Japan, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said that they will closely work with Japan to work on visa-free entry for Philippine passport holders.